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Volleyball to Host "Dig for the Cure" Event October 7
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - For the second consecutive year, the UW-Eau Claire women's volleyball team and the other Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) volleyball teams will participate in a "Dig for the Cure" promotion in cooperation with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
With the help of event sponsor, Charter Media, the Blugolds will hold their "Dig for the Cure" event October 7 in a match against UW-River Falls in the McPhee Physical Education Center. The match will also be team and youth night for the Blugolds, which means two youths (12th grade and under) will be admitted free with each paid adult and middle and high school teams (including coaches) that register to watch the match by October 6 will be admitted free. Please email head coach Kim Wudi to register your team (email@example.com). Eau Claire will also be part of another "Dig for the Cure" event when it takes on Stout in Menomonie October 14.
Spectators are encouraged to wear pink in support of all those affected by breast cancer. Pink Blugold volleyball t-shirts and other merchandise will be for sale, and fans are invited to stay after the match for our popular serving contest and other activities sponsored by Charter Media.
Each of the nine WIAC teams will be involved in at least one "Dig for the Cure" event during the month of October. Student-athletes will solicit donations along with pledges for their own team's digs with all of the proceeds being donated to the Madison Area Susan G. Komen Foundation. The average number of digs for each WIAC team is close to 20 per set. During last year's promotion, WIAC teams raised $17,347 for the foundation, with $6,329.10 coming from UW-Eau Claire.
"Dig for the Cure" was started in 2003 by University of North Carolina-Charlotte volleyball coach Lisa Marston as a way to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a national organization that raises money for breast cancer research.
Since its inception, "Dig for the Cure" has become a nationwide event, with college conferences throughout the country raising money for their local Susan G. Komen affiliate.